Town Of Brutus
 Water District Information 

Water District Information

Please refer to the specific water district listed below for information needed.
Contacts:
WATER DISTRICTS (1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9)

IF ANY WATER RELATED ISSUES (possible water leaks, meter issues, etc):

 

PLEASE CONTACT:

Stephen Siracusa--Town of Brutus Highway Superintendent (#834-9355;#730-1937)  

 

*Contact a plumber if water needs to be shut off immediately.

Links:
WATER DISTRICT #1

WD#1: Built by homeowners--Janek & Jayshree Patel.  WD#1 serves 1 property (residence) at 2747 Becker Rd (#77.00-2-1.2; 5.9 acres) in the Town of Brutus.  This district was formed and turned over to the Town of Brutus on 7/14/97.  WD#1 is an extension of the Village of Weedsport water system.  WD#1 hooks into the existing water main (State Rte 31) by an extension at the south east side of Becker Rd. 

 

•On 7/9/14, the Village of Weedsport increased the Village water rate $2 for outside users...making the regular outside user cost/rate $9.60 per 1000 gallons.

•Outside Village water rates are two times the inside rate.  

•Please refer to the Village website @ villageofweedsport.org, for further information.

 

→In 1/2016, the water rate increased by .10 cents. (The CCWSA increased the water rate by .05 cents and the Town of Brutus increased the water rate another .05 cents for a total of .10 cents for all water districts within the Town of Brutus.)

 

→Water is provided by the Village of Weedsport at the regular outside user cost of $9.60 per thousand gallons and an additional .10 cent increase (as determined by the Town in 1/2016) for a TOTAL WATER RATE OF $9.70 per 1000 gallons; a BASE SERVICE FEE AMOUNT OF $40 ($35 Village; $5 Town).  

 

UPDATE: Effective 7/1/16 the City of Auburn raised the water rate charged to the T/Sennett from $2.3575/100 CF to $3.013/100 CF (27.8% increase).  The T/Sennett charges the Village of Weedsport an additional 4% transmission fee.  The water rate from Sennett increased from $3.277/1000 gal to $4.189/1000 gal, an overall increase of .91 cents per 1000 gal.

 

NOTE:The Village must raise the rates to accomodate the increase.  The outside user rate is twice the inside user rate ($11.42/1000 gallons).

NOTE: The above change will be reflected in the NOV/DEC/JAN 2017 BILLING (Village water billing schedule). 

  

 

WD#1: 

WATER RATE: $11.42/1000 gal; WATER SERVICE FEE: $40.00 ($35.00 V & $5.00 T) 

 

 

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WATER DISTRICT #2

WD#2:  The Eastern Brutus Water District was established through a contract between the Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority (CCWSA) and the Town of Brutus in July 2003.  WD#2 was built by the Town of Brutus with funding provided through grants and loans from USDA Rural Development. 

 

•In 2004, the Eastern Brutus Water District (WD#2) was completed.  The cost of water began at $2.41 per thousand gallons (per a contract between the CCWSA and the Town of Brutus).  That contract included a set-off payment plan through the first four years of the contract. A large portion of the water rate in this district was established by CCWSA and includes costs associated with the large debt and upgrades performed on the water lines that run through the Throop and Mentz areas.  These water lines are utilized to get water from the Town of Throop and Town of Mentz areas to the Town of Brutus and accounts for the increased water cost to this particular district.  

•Water is supplied by the CCWSA, acquired from the City of Auburn, obtained from Owasco Lake.  The cost of water is determined according to the CCWSA rates in combination with the City of Auburn water rates and includes a $20 service fee base amount added to the water bill.

•In 2/2014, the water rate was $7.73 per 1000 gallons of water, with a flat $20.00 service fee for the operation, maintenance, repair, obtaining meter readings, billing costs, etc.

•On 7/1/14, the Town took over the operation and maintenance of WD#2 (including the Pump House and Storage Tower) from CCWSA, according to an amended contract. The Town will no longer be paying service fees to the Authority, but is now responsible for the expenses--phone, electric and miscellaneous pump house supplies.

•As of 1/2016, the CCWSA increased water rates .05 cents.  The Town of Brutus agreed to increase the water rate an additional .05 cents, resulting in a total water rate increase of .10 cents.  This increase will be reflected in the Jan/Feb/March 2016 billing. ($7.83/1000 gallons of water; $20 service fee).

•According to a letter dated 9/28/16, all Town of Brutus Water Customers were advised of the increase in the price of water due to a direct rate increase by the City of Auburn.  The Town of Brutus purchases water through the CCWSA, using its infrastructure, which purchases water through the City of Auburn.  The rate of $8.60/1000 gallons (retroactive to 7/1/16) was voted on by the Town Board at the 9/12/16 Town Board meeting.  The 9.81% increase (.77 cents/1000 gallons) must be passed on to the water customers in that district and cannot be absorbed by the Town. The $20 service fee will remain the same.    

 

RESIDENCES

→As of 10/5/16, the Eastern Brutus Water District includes 111 units (residences) and 3 Mobile Home Parks.  Connections within WD#2 include lines along Pump Rd, State Rte 31, East Brutus St Rd, Stevens Rd, Pierce Rd, Chamberlin Rd, Brutus Rd, Barker Rd, Clinton Rd and Cooper Rd. 

→Residents within WD#2 are billed quarterly (every 3 months) for water usage and the basic service charge of $20 is included in that billing cost. 

 

WATER RATE:  $8.60 per thousand gallons; $20.00 Service Fee--includes operation, maintenance, repairs, meter readings and billing costs.   

 

 

MOBILE HOME PARKS

→The 3 Mobile Home Parks (located within the WD#2 boundaries) are billed monthly (due to the large amount of water usage).  The service fee amounts are calculated according to the number of occupied homes within the Mobile Home Parks and applied in the last month of the quarter. 

 

•In August 2016, the Town of Brutus notified the MHPs of the increase in water cost by the City of Auburn.  The Town of Brutus purchases water through the CCWSA which purchases water from the City of Auburn.  The rate was based on $8.25/1000 gallons and was adjusted to reflect the price change retroactive to July 2016.  The rate of $8.25 did not cover the 9.81% increase that the Town is billed from CCWSA.  The Town Board voted to change the rate to $8.60/1000 gallons at its 9/12/16 Town Board meeting (a .77 cent per 1000 increase; the quarterly service fee of $20.00 will remain the same).  FOR SEPT 2016 ONLY, THE RATE WILL BE $8.60/1000 gallons + .70 (.35 x 2 months--the difference not charged in July & August 2016)= $9.30/1000 gallons.   

 

WATER RATE: $8.60 per thousand gallons; $20.00 Service Fee--includes operation, maintenance, repairs, meter readings and billing costs.

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WATER DISTRICT #3

WD #3: (consisting of lines through a portion of NYS Rte 31 and Weller Rd) was established 7/28/03 by the Town of Brutus.  This District includes 1 business unit (Rainbow Lanes Bowling Alley) and 7 metered residential units.  Water is supplied by the Cayuga County Water & Sewer Authority, purchased from the City of Auburn, from Owasco Lake.

 

Please note that the following information explains the costs associated with water lines that run through WD#2 and serve WD#3.   Please refer to the establishment sections of WD#2 for further information.

→In 2004, when this water district was completed, the cost of water began at $2.41 per thousand gallons, in accordance with a contract between CCWSA and the Town of Brutus.  This included a set-off payment through the first four years of the contract. That set-off payment time period has passed and accounts for the large increase in the water rate.

→On July 22, 2008 the water rate for the Eastern Brutus Water District increased from $5.41 per thousand gallons to $7.41 per thousand gallons. The water rate increase was solely a result of CCWSA increasing the water rate charged to the Town of Brutus, associated with the upgrades performed on the water line that runs through the Throop and Mentz areas years ago.   This particular water line provides the water to WD#3.

→On January 13, 2011 the water rate increased from $7.30 per thousand gallons to $7.38 per thousand gallons.  The City of Auburn increased the rate charged to the CCWSA, which was in turn charged to the Town of Brutus.      

→On December 1, 2011 the water rate increased from $7.38 per thousand gallons to $7.49 per thousand gallons.  This increase was due to a substantial evaluation performed for the 2012 budget which reflected a shortage ($1010) between expenses/revenues for this particular water district. The shortage was covered by the fund balance in the account but for 2012, there was a $500 amount less available in the fund balance. This reserve account was established in 2008 to put money aside for any future repairs.  There will only be $1,000 in the account at the end of 2011. Traditionally, we have placed $250 per year in this account, but only budgeted $200 for 2012 due to the lack of funding available.   

→On February 28, 2013 the water rate increased  by .35 cents per thousand gallons as a direct result of a .35 cent rate increase established by the City of Auburn and passed on to the CCWS, resulting in the water rate increase from $7.49 per thousand gallons to $7.84 per thousand gallons.  

→As of 1/2016, the water rate increased by .10 cents.  The Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority increased the water rate by .05 cents and the Town of Brutus decided to increase the water rate another .05 cents for a total of .10 cents. 

 

•According to a letter dated 9/28/16, all Town of Brutus Water Customers were advised of the increase in the price of water due to a direct rate increase by the City of Auburn.  The Town of Brutus purchases water through the CCWSA, using its infrastructure, which purchases water through the City of Auburn.  The rate of $8.72/1000 gallons (retroactive to 7/1/16) was voted on by the Town Board at the 9/12/16 Town Board meeting.  The 9.81% increase (.77 cents/1000 gallons) must be passed on to the water customers in that district and cannot be absorbed by the Town. The $20 service fee will remain the same.    

   

WATER RATE:  $8.72 per thousand gallons; $20.00 Service Fee--includes operation, maintenance, repairs, meter readings and billing costs.   

   

 

                                                                           

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WATER DISTRICT #4

WD #4: (also known as "Pierce Rd Extension") was established July 9, 2007.  The District was formed at the request of four property owners on Pierce Rd that were not included in the Water District #2 project. Currently, the residences (5 metered units) in that district obtain water through the lines owned and maintained by the Town's Eastern Brutus Water District and water is supplied by Cayuga County Water & Sewer Authority, through the City of Auburn, from Owasco Lake.  Construction on this district was performed by the Cayuga County Soil and Water Conservation District. 

 

→In April 2008, the water rates for Water District #4 began at $5.57 per thousand gallons with a $10 service fee.  This cost was determined by the Town Board which covered costs that the Town of Brutus needed to purchase water from the CCWSA (per contract) and when rates increase, at times, according to the City of Auburn.    

→In July 2008, the Town Board implemented an update to their policy for water payments that are received after the original due date.  When full payment is not received by the due date, a 15% penalty will be charged. A 5% penalty will be applied each month until the balance is paid.  

→On 7/30/09, water rates increased for WD#4 from $5.57 per thousand gallons to $7.20 per thousand gallons AND the service fee of $10 also increased to $20 per quarter (every 3 months).  The water rate increase is based upon the current rate that the Town pays the CCWSA for water and service charges.  The rate and service charge have been that were in place for the last year was based upon the guaranteed figures that were quoted for the first year of water service.  The CCWSA agreed to accept a lower rate for the water and service fee for that first year of service.  That time has passed and charges now reflect similar rates to those charges in all other Town of Brutus water districts across the board. 

→On 1/13/11 water rates increased from $7.20 per thousand gallons to $7.28 per thousand gallons due to the City of Auburn increasing their rates that they charge to the CCWSA which is reflected in the Town's water rate charge. 

→On 2/26/13 the Town Board approved a .35 cent rate increase per thousand gallons, a direct result of a .35 cent rate increase established by the City of Auburn, which was passed on to the CCWSA and ultimately, the Town of Brutus.  The water rate for WD#4 increased from $7.28 per thousand gallons to $7.63 per thousand gallons.

→In 2014, the Town Board approved a water rate of $7.84 per thousand gallons, per the Town Clerk's recommendation.

→As of 1/2016, the water rate increased by .10 cents.  The Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority increased the water rate by .05 cents and the Town of Brutus decided to increase the water rate another .05 cents for a total of .10 cents.  

 

•According to a letter dated 9/28/16, all Town of Brutus Water Customers were advised of the increase in the price of water due to a direct rate increase by the City of Auburn.  The Town of Brutus purchases water through the CCWSA, using its infrastructure, which purchases water through the City of Auburn.  The rate of $8.72/1000 gallons (retroactive to 7/1/16) was voted on by the Town Board at the 9/12/16 Town Board meeting.  The 9.81% increase (.77 cents/1000 gallons) must be passed on to the water customers in that district and cannot be absorbed by the Town. The $20 service fee will remain the same.    

 

WATER RATE:  $8.72 per thousand gallons; $20.00 Service Fee--includes operation, maintenance, repairs, meter readings and billing costs.   

 

 

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WATER DISTRICT #6/SEWER DISTRICT #1

WD #6/SD #1: were built at the expense of the four homeowners on East Rude St Extension and turned over to the Town of Brutus on 1/12/2009.  Water is supplied by the Village of Weedsport (obtained from the Town of Sennett).  

 

→Connection started 12/15/09. Billing calculations were made to reflect the actual number of days of service.  The Outside User Water Rate was $6.60 per 1000 gallons; Water Service Fee for each unit was $30 per quarter and was pro-rated for the actual number of days covered.  The Sewer Service Fee for each unit was $108 per quarter and pro-rated.   

→On 2/11/10, the Village Board agreed that $6.60 per thousand gallons would be charged for the water rate.  The Village Board agreed to charge the Town of Brutus only one service fee for the water bill portion of $30 per quarter.  For the sewer portion of the bill, the $108 service fee per quarter for each home in the district must be charged because effluent from those homes travels into the Village sewer system and is treated at the sewer plant.  The fees pay for the cost of operation and upkeep of the sewer treatment plant.  The district contains four homes.  The charge of $108 per home would be $432 per quarter.  Once the combined usage of these homes exceeds 72,000 per quarter, an additional sewer charge of $6 per 1000 gallons will be charged.  In May 2010, the Village of Weedsport will be adding a debt service charge to every user that benefits from the use of the sewer treatment system....estimated to be less than $40 per unit, per quarter.  

→On 7/9/14, the Village of Weedsport officially increased the Village water rate to $2 for outside users, resulting in a $9.60 per 1000 gallons of water used, and a $5 service fee increase, resulting in a $35 service fee.  [Outside Village water rates are two times the inside rate.]

→For the Jan 2015 billing, WD#6/SD#1 joined the quarterly billing cycle as the other Town of Brutus Water Districts (J/F/M, A/M/J, J/A/S, O/N/D).  

→As of 1/2016, the water rate increased by .10 cents.  The Cayuga County Water & Sewer Authority increased the water rate by .05 cents and the Town of Brutus decided to increase the water rate another .05 cents for a total of .10 cents. 

→On 1/13/16, the Village of Weedsport approved a sewer minimum charge increase from $60.00 per quarter to $70.00 per quarter.  Outside User rate is double this rate. 

 

Due to the difference in billing cycles between the Village of Weedsport and Town of Brutus, based on each entity's fiscal year, a "hybrid rate" is the most fair to the paying customer for the cost change in the billing quarter regarding water rate increases.  Calculations are determined fairly to reflect the most fair cost to the customer.  (The Village of Weedsport's billing cycles/quarters begin with their fiscal year of March, making quarterly bills Mar/Apr/May, Jun/Jul/Aug, Sept/Oct/Nov, Dec/Jan/Feb.  The Town of Brutus' billing cycles/quarters begin with their fiscal year of January, making quarterly bills Jan/Feb/Mar, Apr/May/Jun, Jul/Aug/Sept, Oct/Nov/Dec.)

 

→For the Jan/Feb/Mar 2016 water billing, the specific rates for WD#1 (Patel) and WD#6 (Marshall) will be reflected as $9.67/1000 gallons of water used.  The $9.67/1000 gallons was reflected in the Jan/Feb/Mar 2016 water billing.  In Apr/May/Jun 2016, the water rates for WD#1 & WD#6 will be reflected as $9.70/1000 gallons.

→In 4/2016, the billing process consisted of the following charges per home: WATER RATE--$9.70 per thousand gallons; SEWER--$120.00; DEBT--$25.50; SERVICE FEE--Village $8.75/Town $20.00.

→On 4/14/16, the Odells submitted paperwork to be added into WD#6 (E Rude St Ext).

→Starting May 1, 2016 the Village of Weedsport increased the sewer fee to $560 ($140 per unit/house) from $480 ($120 per unit/house).  Calculations were determined to reflect the cost in that particular partial billing cycle to be reflected in the Apr/May/Jun 2016 quarter.

→As of 7/13/16, there are 5 customers hooked up to water service in WD#6 and 4 customers hooked into and utilizing the Village Sewer System.   

                                                                                

•As of 5/2016, the billing process consists of the following charges per unit/home: WATER RATE--$9.70 per thousand gallons ($9.60 per 1000 gallons is charged by the Village/an additional .10 cents was added on in 1/2016---.05 cents for CCWSA/.05 cents for Town of Brutus); SEWER--$140.00 (NOTE: As of 5/1/16, the Village increased the sewer fee to $560 ($140 per unit/house).  NOTE: The Odells have not hooked into the Village's Sewer Treatment System at this time.); DEBT--$25.50 (According to phone conversation with DS--Village Bookkeeper on 5/31/16, the Village Debt does not change, it stays the same according to calculations done by the Village); SERVICE FEE--Village $7/Town $20.00 ($35 is charged by the Village of Weedsport to the Town of Brutus for the entire WD#6, thus, the number of homes (5) is divided into the $35 making each unit/home responsible for a $7 service fee from the Village of Weedsport/a $20 service fee from the Town of Brutus). 

 

 

UPDATE: Effective 7/1/16 the City of Auburn raised the water rate charged to the T/Sennett from $2.3575/100 CF to $3.013 (27.8% increase).  The T/Sennett charges the Village of Weedsport an additional 4% transmission fee.  The water rate from Senett increased from $3.277/1000 gal to $4.189/1000, an overall increase of .91 cents per 1000 gallons. 

 

NOTE: The Village must raise the rates to accomodate the increase.  The outside user rate is twice the inside user rate ($11.42/1000 gallons).

NOTE: The above change will be reflected in the OCT/NOV/DEC 2016 BILLING.

 

WD#6/SD#1: 

WATER RATE: $11.42/1000 gal; WATER SERVICE FEE: $27.00 ($35.00/5=$7.00 VILLAGE; $20.00 TOWN);  SEWER: $165.50 (SEWER CHARGE APPLIES TO 4 UNITS ONLY); SEWER DEBT: $25.50 (SEWER DEBT APPLIES TO 4 UNITS ONLY).   

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WATER DISTRICT #7

WD #7 (North Weedsport; NYS Thruway area) was formed.  Water District #7 (with a line that went under the NYS Thruway) provides water to homes, businesses and properties on Dunn Road, Trombley Road, Coyle Road, Stickle Road and Route 34.  Water is supplied by Cayuga County Water and Sewer Authority, through the City of Auburn, from Owasco Lake.  There are 47 units charged for DEBT Service, but only 8 residential units/homes and 3 businesses are connected. Construction began June 20, 2012 with the installation of piping under Route 34 at the intersection of Stickle and Trombley Roads.  

 

→On 8/11/08, the Brutus Town Board adopted a resolution directing Town Engineer--Tom Piascik, to prepare a map, plan and report for providing facilities, improvements, services for WD#7. 

→On 4/13/09, Engineer Piascik filed a preliminary map, plan and report with the Town Clerk.

→On 7/8/09, Engineer Piascik submitted a subsequent map, plan and report.

→On 11/4/09, Engineer Piascik submitted a final map, plan and report in which the Town Board adopted a resolution describing the district, its boundaries, the maximum amount proposed to be expended for the improvement, the proposed method of financing and that the map, plan and report describing the same were on file at the Town Clerk's office for public view.

→On 11/16/09, the Town Board conducted a Public Hearing for the proposed WD#7 regarding establishment of the proposed Water District #7 with specified improvements.

→On 3/17/10, due to an unforeseen circumstance with the State Comptroller's Office, the Town Board decided to withdraw the application, submitted in December 2009, for WD#7.  The withdrawal of the application will allow the Board to dissolve the current water district, formed under the 2009 special district threshold rates, and re-establish the district under the 2010 special district threshold rates.  When the district was established under the 2010 thresholds, the Town would not be required to obtain Comptroller's approval.  The Town Board determined that it would be more time effective to proceed in the later manner rather than wait for Comptroller's approval.  A Public Hearing was held on 3/25/10 to dissolve the already established district and re-establish a new Water District #7, which would be subject to another 30-day permissive referendum period, which will delay the construction of WD#7, but with the newly proposed action, it would actually be a quicker process.  (It was documented in correspondence that the Town appreciated the residents' patience and understanding throughout the process of forming this district and working through the involved bureaucracy.) 

→On 8/8/11, the Town Board announced that Rural Development was providing the funds necessary to move forward with the district.  Rural Development provided a loan ($166,000 @ 2.5% interest for 30 years) and a grant for $343,000.  The Town will proceed with necessary paperwork to finalize the construction phase and lock into the funding over the next several weeks.  The Town anticipates that the physical construction of the district will begin on or about October 1st, 2011.  Restoration work, re-seeding, etc, will not be completed until Spring of 2012, to allow settling before performing the work.   

→The improvements, costs of rights-of-way, construction costs, legal fees and other expenses were financed by taxes in the specific benefit area, grant funding from Rural Development and charges to the specific units.

→On 11/10/11, the Town Board was advised by Rural Development that the Town would be required to officially bid out construction on the project rather than utilizing the services of Cayuga County Soil and Water.  Additional time was required due to the Town Engineer--Tom Piascik needing to prepare a number of additional documents to comply with Federal Regulations and then allow companies adequate time to submit proposals.  The proposals received, would be reviewed and the Town Board and Town Engineer would then make a determination on which proposal best serves the needs of the district which would then be subject to the approval of Rural Development.  That determination would be accomplished sometime in late December, the actual construction work on the project would not begin until Spring.

→On 5/15/12, a pre-construction meeting was held.  Construction to begin in approximately 2 wks.  Once the lines are installed, there are certain required tests that must be completed before the water line gets final approval from the Cayuga County Health Department.  Once approval is received, a copy of the Rules for the Sale of Water and a Permit Form is forwarded to those individuals within the district boundaries who would like to connect to the water service line.  Property owners are not required to connect to the water line but all properties in the district will be assessed for the annual debt on the Town & County Tax Bill for the next 38 years, which commenced in 2012.  If there are 2 homes on one parcel, each home is considered 1 unit and the property will be assessed 2 units of debt.  Businesses are considered as 3.338 units.

→On 2/26/13, the Town Board approved a .35 cent per thousand rate increase, a direct result of a .35 cent rate increase established by the City of Auburn which was passed on to the CCWSA and ultimately, the Town of Brutus.  The water rate for WD#7 will increase from $7.49 per thousand gallons to $7.84 per thousand gallons of water, effective 1/1/13.   

→On 3/28/2013, during the construction of WD#7, water meters were purchased with funding from Rural Development for the residents or businesses within the water district boundaries.  Upon completion of the construction in August 2012, information was forwarded to residents/businesses regarding the purchase of meters already purchased.  The government amended standards for water meters and the meters purchased previously would not be compliant in the near future and had a deadline to be installed.  The Town Board determined that rather than allow the meters for this district to become unusable, they can be sold to WD#8 for usage during construction, unless utilized by June 1, 2013 by the property owners in WD#&. 

→Once a water meter is obtained, a permit form must be completed and submitted with a $75 inspection fee.  Once the property owner obtains a meter, a quarterly service fee of $20 will be charged whether connected to the water line or not.  If the property owner decides they are not interested in obtaining a meter at this time, please note that when the property owner does connect to the water line, the property owner will be responsible for the cost of the meter at the current rate. 

→The Clerk recommended water rates for 2014 be increased to $7.73 per thousand gallons. 

→As of 1/2016, a .10 cent increase/1000 gallons in water rates for all Town water districts was implemented by the Town Board (.05 cent increase by CCWSA and .05 cent increase by the Town Board). 

 

•According to a letter dated 9/28/16, all Town of Brutus Water Customers were advised of the increase in the price of water due to a direct rate increase by the City of Auburn.  The Town of Brutus purchases water through the CCWSA, using its infrastructure, which purchases water through the City of Auburn.  The rate of $8.60/1000 gallons (retroactive to 7/1/16) was voted on by the Town Board at the 9/12/16 Town Board meeting.  The 9.81% increase (.77 cents/1000 gallons) must be passed on to the water customers in that district and cannot be absorbed by the Town. The $20 service fee will remain the same.    

 

WATER RATE:  $8.60 per thousand gallons; $20.00 Service Fee--includes operation, maintenance, repairs, meter readings and billing costs.   

 

 

MARTIN FARM:

→On 7/10/15, the Town of Brutus received a permit for water service to the Elmer Farm (located on Stein Rd).  This water service is part of the WD#7 district and is included in the monthly billing of the MHPs and the other Farm.  Future plans for the Martin Farm include water use for the anticipated cow farm of approximately 100 cows and home on Stein Rd.  In August 2015, the Town of Brutus agreed to allow Property owner--Elmer Martin to connect to WD#7 by placing a water line back to the farm (at the property owner's expense).  Mr. Martin pays toward the associated debt for this water service (WD#7) on his property tax bill.  Mr. Martin was responsible for the costs associated with this connection (along with the cost--approximately $1500 to $2000--to dig under Stickle Rd)  and the 1" Meter ($300), Remote Reader ($125), Inspection ($75), Pressure Reducer ($100) and the saddle, corporation to the curb stop, the curb stop, copper piping from the curb stop to the meter .  The connection to water is on the far side of the road and goes under Stickle Rd.  Mr. Martin tapped into the available water on Stickle Rd, installed lines, bore under Cold Spring Brook and connected to the newly built barn on Stein Rd.  (The Town Board approved this connection with Engineer Piascik's approval and Town Water Operator Kinch.)      

 

→The MARTIN FARM (located within the WD#7 boundaries) is billed monthly (due to the large amount of water usage).  The service fee amount is applied in the last month of the quarter (3 month period).  

 

•In August 2016, the Town of Brutus notified the MHPs/FARMs of the increase in water cost by the City of Auburn.  The Town of Brutus purchases water through the CCWSA which purchases water from the City of Auburn.  The rate was based on $8.25/1000 gallons and was adjusted to reflect the price change retroactive to July 2016.  The rate of $8.25 did not cover the 9.81% increase that the Town is billed from CCWSA.  The Town Board voted to change the rate to $8.60/1000 gallons at its 9/12/16 Town Board meeting (a .77 cent per 1000 increase; the quarterly service fee of $20.00 will remain the same).  FOR SEPT 2016 ONLY, THE RATE WILL BE $8.60/1000 gallons + .70 (.35 x 2 months--the difference not charged in July & August 2016)= $9.30/1000 gallons.   

 

WATER RATE: $8.60 per thousand gallons; $20.00 Service Fee--includes operation, maintenance, repairs, meter readings and billing costs.    

 

 

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WATER DISTRICT #8

WD #8 was constructed with funding received from USDA Rural Development.  This district was created to continue providing public water to the property owners on East Brutus Street and Cottle Roads.  Residents in the original Cottle Rd area were provided water from a line owned, operated and maintained by the Village of Weedsport.  Due to the deteriorating condition of the one-hundred year old line, the Village determined that they could no longer continuing providing water service to this particular area.   

 

→In February 2010, a discussion was held by the Village of Weedsport (per Town of Brutus request) to question whether the Village of Weedsport could or would provide water for the proposed WD#8.  The area of service included Cottle Rd, Jericho Rd Ext, Bonta Bridge Rd and E Brutus St Rd.  The Village of Weedsport stated that they could not supply or continue serving water to the district due to lack of pressure.  The Village of Weedsport stated that they could supply water to the Town of Brutus for the current customers until the Town of Brutus is able to upgrade the system.      

→In March 2010, the Town of Brutus held a public information @ the Weedsport High School Cafeteria to discuss establishing a water district in the proposed area of Cottle Rd.  The Town of Brutus had obtained a "preliminary financial package" from Rural Development for the establishment of the proposed Cottle Rd water district.  The estimated funding package for the district would be a loan in the amount of $500,000 @ 2.375% interest for 38 years and a Grant in the amount of $1,420,000.  The operation and maintenance costs would vary from individual to individual based on water usage. 

→In May 2010, the Town Board looked into grant writing through Thoma Development Consultant Services.  With a list of potential projects, there would be a better idea of the probable grants available or if the proposed projects qualify for funding.  Information must be available regarding engineering, architectural reports and how a project fits into the Town's Comprehensive Plan.  Time is important because state and federal grants are cyclical.  A project could take a minimum of 1 year to actually secure a grant.   

→In June 2010, a letter was received from Rural Development advising that money previously available, was no longer available and projects would need to be re-evaluated by the state office and prioritized for funding.  Town Board members expressed frustration and disbelief that the funding/stimulus money previously intended for proposed projects had disappeared.  Letters were forwarded to Congress, the Senate and local representatives requesting assistance in obtaining funding needed to establish the proposed water districts (WD #7 & WD#8).

→In July 2010, following the information meeting in March, the Town submitted an amended plan to Rural Development to include the properties on Bibbens Rd and the neighboring area.  In late May, it was learned that funding (stimulus money) that the New York branch of Rural Development had hoped to retain was re-allocated to other states and was no longer available to assist with funding for this particular project.  The Town of Brutus received information that the project was still eligible for funding and the project had been assigned to a priority scale.  Rural Development only had a limited amount of funding available and they asked the Town of Brutus to scale back the original proposal in order to be able to provide funding for a smaller project.  The Town Board decided to submit a district proposal to include the properties on Cottle Rd, a portion of E Brutus St Rd (those originally served by the Village line), Bonta Bridge Rd and Jericho Rd Ext.  The Town Board's determination was based on the fact that the majority of the homes were served by "public water" and the Village of Weedsport had notified the area that the Village intended to discontinue providing water to the area.

→On 7/26/10, the Town and Village Boards met to discuss the project and the Village agreed to extend the date to "turn off" the water for 6 months because the Town was moving forward in attempts to obtain funding to potentially establish a district for the area.  The Town Engineer re-structured plans to fit the proposed district to re-submit to Rural Development for a new funding proposal to be obtained.  It was noted that residents on Jericho Rd, portions of E Brutus St Rd and Bibbens Rd are not forgotten in the water district plan.  The Town Engineer prepared plans for various areas to be submitted to Rural Development for a funding request.  The Town believed that project funding would not be available until the 2012 federal budget cycle.  The Town Board hoped by submitting the request earlier, they would be considered a higher priority for the following year.  It was noted that the Town Board understood the associated frustration by the delay but that lack of funding hampered the water district progression.  It was also noted that the Town Board and office staff were doing everything possible to work with Rural Development in securing the funding to make the projects affordable.    

→According to the 7/26/2010 Village of Weedsport meeting minutes, a Special Meeting was held @ the Town of Brutus Municipal Building regarding the Cottle Rd waterline.  The Village of Weedsport agreed to work with the Town of Brutus.  It was stated that the Town of Brutus would need to obtain new easements and the Village of Weedsport would have to continue to pay upkeep until the Town took over the water lines.  A cost breakdown of average repair and maintenance cost for a water break on Cottle Rd was presented by Superintendent Saroodis.  The average total cost for each repair was estimated at about $1600.  Supervisor Hotaling requested that the Village of Weedsport consider a six-month extension.  The Village Board concurred to give the Town of Brutus a six-month extension before turning Cottle Rd water lines over to the Town and the Town's water operators would tend to any breaks on the line and work with the Village DPW for training purposes.  The Village of Weedsport agreed to send a letter to residents on the Cottle line to keep them informed.

→On 11/14/2011, the Town Board held a public information meeting @ the Town Municipal Building to discuss establishing a water district in the area of concern.  The Town reported that "preliminary funding" had been obtained from Rural Development for the establishment of the proposed district.  The estimated funding package for this particular district would be a loan in the amount of $695,000 with an approximate interest rate of 2.25% for 38 years and a Grant in the amount of $500,000.  The operation and maintenance costs would vary from individual to individual based on water usage.  The Town Board made a resolution to form and establish a new Town Water District (WD#8--Cottle Rd).  A map, plan and report were prepared by Engineer Piascik.  WD#8 boundaries include 88 parcels with existing homes, businesses, vacant land adjacent to E Brutus St Rd between Putnam Brook just east of the Village of Weedsport and Jericho Rd; Cottle Rd between E Brutus St Rd and Pump Rd; Bonta Bridge Rd between Cottle Rd and Brutus Rd; Jericho Rd between E Brutus St Rd and Cottle Rd.

→According to the 11/10/2011 Engineer report for Water District #8, a total of two alternatives were reviewed for a new water district on Cottle Rd, E Brutus St Rd, Jericho Rd and Bonta Bridge Rd. 

→According to the 8/9/2012 letter to WD#8 residents, the Town Board announced that funding has been locked in with Rural Development to move forward with WD#8.  Rural Development will be providing the Town with a loan in the amount of $640,000 @ 2.125% interest for 38 yrs and a Grant for $555,000 ($55,000 more than the previous amount).  The Town will move forward with the necessary paperwork to finalize the construction phase.  The anticipated physical construction of the district is to begin around October.  Restoration work, re-seeding, etc will not be completed until Spring of 2013.   

→On 10/18/2012, a letter to WD#8 residents mentioned that unexpected delays with obtaining the necessary approvals from outside agencies has delayed construction.  The construction bid specifications are to be opened by Engineer Piascik on 11/7/2012 and Town Engineer Piascik will submit his recommendation to the Town Board for approval and then on to Rural Development.  All of the submittals, recommendations, approvals, etc will not be accomplished until mid-December.  The actual construction work for the project has been lengthy but the Town is working to obtain the most economic and the most timely completion. 

→On 3/28/2013, a pre-construction meeting was held.  The contractors for WD#8 are LaFleur Constructors, Inc.  Once lines are installed, there are certain tests that must be done before the water line receives final approval from Cayuga County Health Dept.  Once approval is received, a copy of the Rules for the Sale of Water and a Permit Form will be sent to Property Owners.  Property Owners are not required to connect to the water line but all properties in the district will be assessed for the annual debt as a line item on the Town/County Tax Bill for the next 30 yrs, which commenced in 2013.  A unit includes a vacant lot, a home, a mobile home, etc.  (If there are two homes on one parcel, each home is considered 1 unit and the property will be assessed 2 units of debt.  All businesses are considered as 2 units.)

→In May 2013, WD#8 connection summaries were forwarded to all property owners within the WD#8 boundaries.  All owners were provided with a water meter and a pressure reducing valve at no cost.  For existing water services served by the Village of Weedsport, it was documented that water services LESS THAN 100 FEET (measured from curb stop at highway boundary to meter connection in structure) must install a new copper water service in accordance with the current Town of Brutus standard.  The only exception to the requirement would be an existing copper water service of 20 years or less and the line would need to pass a pressure test conducted by the Owner and observed by the Town of Brutus.    For water services GREATER THAN 100 FEET, those services will be required to have a meter pit at the road boundary.  The Owner is responsible for the purchase of the meter pit.  An existing water service may then be connected from the meter pit to the house, if the materials are copper, HDPE or PVC.  All services not meeting those material specifications shall be replaced with approved water service materials.  The Town of Brutus strongly recommends the replacement of all water services over 100 ft long as any water lost through leakage will be the responsibility of the Property Owner.  Keep in mind that the water pressure you currently experience will greatly increase with the installation of the new water main.      

→In October 2013, WD#8 property owners were notified that the final chlorination and pressure testing has been completed.  Copies of the Rules for the Sale Water were included in the mailings to help residents within the water district to establish connections to the water line.  It was stressed that older water lines may be a concern with the greatly increased water pressure.  WD#8 residents were provided pressure reducing valves along with water meters and informed that increased pressure may also affect the piping within the home as well as pressure coming into the home.  Anyone connected to the Village of Weedsport water line must connect to the new system prior to December 1, 2013 due to the Village discontinuing to provide water as of 12/1/13.

→Toward the end of October 2013, WD#8 residents were mailed a letter concerning numerous phone calls received about confusion in connecting to the new water line.  The establishment and construction of WD#8 was a lengthy process and frustration on all parts.  The Town Board implemented procedures to ensure the new system operates and functions as economically as possible and requires certain steps to be taken when connecting to the main lines.  IF NEVER CONNECTED TO A PUBLIC WATER SYSTEM, 3 OPTIONS: 1. If less than 100 feet from curb stop, can install a continual length of copper from curb stop to meter in home;  2. If less than100 feet from the curb stop, can install a meter pit near road and connect pit to the curb stop with a continual length of copper, then run PVC/HDPE pipe to house; 3. If over 100 feet from the curb stop, must install a meter pit with copper being used from the curb stop to the meter pit and then use PVC/HDPE to house.  IF CURRENTLY CONNECTED TO THE VILLAGE WATER SYSTEM, THERE ARE 4 OPTIONS: 1. If you are less than 100 feet from the curb stop, can install a new piece of continual length of copper from the curb stop to the meter in house; 2. If you are less than 100 feet from the curb stop and wish to use the current copper line, it must be pressure tested to the working line pressure by a plumber or contractor with the Town approved water operator present to observe the test.  If the copper line does not pass the pressure test, option #1 or option #3 must be done; 3. If less than 100 feet from the curb stop with a continual length of copper and then run PVC/HDPE pipe to house; 4. If over 100 feet from curb stop, must install a meter pit with copper used from the curb stop to the meter pit, then PVC/HDPE to house.

→In 2014, water rates reflected $7.73/thousand gallons for WD#8.

→On 8/19/14, Town Board minutes reflected that the Town took over the operation and maintenance of WD#2, including the Pump House and Storage Tower, from CCWSA per an amended contract as of 7/1/14.  The Town will no longer be paying service fees to the Authority, but is now responsible for the expenses (phone, electric and miscellaneous pump house supplies).  WD#8 is included in the expense/costs because WD#8 is also served by the Pump House.

→On 1/29/14, a letter was forwarded to WD#8 residents regarding water billing.  WD#8 residents were advised that the Town water operator would read the meters at the end of January 2014, but due to plowing and sanding, the Town water operator was unable to complete installing remote meter reader equipment.  WD#8 residents were asked to read their own meter and call the Town office with water usage reading.  If unable to obtain the meter reading, an estimate of usage would be used.  Although the automatic estimate method is not as accurate as remote meter readings, the estimated usage will be recovered during the next billing cycle.  For water billing purposes, the Town office switched the previous water billing cycle (through the Village) to coincide with all other Town water district billing cycles....WD#8's first bill would be a partial water usage, covering February and March.     

→In 2014, WD#8 water rates were $7.73/1000 gallons with a $20 service fee.

→As of 1/2016, all Town water district rates increased by .10 cents (.05 cents from CCWSA and .05 cents by the Town). 

 

·The majority of the construction on this district was completed by LaFluer Constructors in 2013.  The Town Board, along with the Town Engineer's expertise, worked to include an additional property in the district with the remaining grant money.  Final construction for this district occurred in September 2015.  

·As of 7/19/16, Water District #8 currently provides water to 66 units (homes/properties) located on Cottle Rd, Bonta Bridge Rd, E Brutus St Rd, Jericho Rd and Jericho Rd Ext and 1 combined service for a farm house and farm.

 

•According to a letter dated 9/28/16, all Town of Brutus Water Customers were advised of the increase in the price of water due to a direct rate increase by the City of Auburn.  The Town of Brutus purchases water through the CCWSA, using its infrastructure, which purchases water through the City of Auburn.  The rate of $8.60/1000 gallons (retroactive to 7/1/16) was voted on by the Town Board at the 9/12/16 Town Board meeting.  The 9.81% increase (.77 cents/1000 gallons) must be passed on to the water customers in that district and cannot be absorbed by the Town.  The $20 service fee will remain the same.    

 

WATER RATE:  $8.60 per thousand gallons; $20.00 Service Fee--includes operation, maintenance, repair, meter reading and billing costs.      

 

 

O'CONNOR FARM:

→3/4/14, the Town of Brutus agreed to move the O'Connor Farm from a quarterly billing cycle to a monthly billing cycle due to the large volume of water used on the cow farm (located on E Brutus St Rd).  This water service is part of WD#8 and is included in the monthly billing of the MHPs and the other Martin Farm.        

 

→The O'CONNOR FARM (located within the WD#8 boundaries) is billed monthly (due to the large amount of water usage).  The service fee amount is applied in the last month of the quarter (3 month period).  

 

•In August 2016, the Town of Brutus notified the MHPs/FARMs of the increase in water cost by the City of Auburn.  The Town of Brutus purchases water through the CCWSA which purchases water from the City of Auburn.  The rate was based on $8.25/1000 gallons and was adjusted to reflect the price change retroactive to July 2016.  The rate of $8.25 did not cover the 9.81% increase that the Town is billed from CCWSA.  The Town Board voted to change the rate to $8.60/1000 gallons at its 9/12/16 Town Board meeting (a .77 cent per 1000 increase; the quarterly service fee of $20.00 will remain the same).  FOR SEPT 2016 ONLY, THE RATE WILL BE $8.60/1000 gallons + .70 (.35 x 2 months--the difference not charged in July & August 2016)= $9.30/1000 gallons.   

 

WATER RATE: $8.60 per thousand gallons; $20.00 Service Fee--includes operation, maintenance, repairs, meter readings and billing costs.      

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WATER DISTRICT #9

WD#9: serves Jericho Rd, Bibbens Rd and a portion of E Brutus St Rd. 

 

→Funding for the project was provided by Rural Development.  The Town received a loan in the amount of $530,000 and a grant of $430,000.  The loan will be paid back over the next 38 yrs at the interest rate of 3.25%. 

→Construction began early Fall of 2015. 

 

•On 8/20/15, construction began for Water District #9 (Bibbens Rd, Jericho Rd and a small section of East Brutus St Rd).  WD#9 was completed at the end of October 2015.  Randsco Pipeline, Inc was the contractor performing the WD#9 work.  

•Water mains were installed; Individual properties hooked into water main; Water samples submitted and approved by Cayuga County Health Department; Property owners received an instructional letter regarding individual hook up procedures.  Several property owners have connected and are very pleased with the water.  

•As of 8/31/16, there are 20 homes/units hooked up to water.

 

•According to a letter dated 9/28/16, all Town of Brutus Water Customers were advised of the increase in the price of water due to a direct rate increase by the City of Auburn.  The Town of Brutus purchases water through the CCWSA, using its infrastructure, which purchases water through the City of Auburn.  The rate of $8.60/1000 gallons (retroactive 7/1/16) was voted on by the Town Board at the 9/12/16 Town Board meeting.  The 9.81% increase (.77 cents/1000 gallons) must be passed on to the water customers in that district and cannot be absorbed by the Town.  The $20 service fee will remain the same.   

 

WATER RATE:  $8.60 per thousand gallons; $20.00 Service Fee--includes operation, maintenance, repair, meter reading and billing costs.

Documents:

ALL WATER LINES, METERS AND REQUIRED EQUIPMENT MUST ABIDE BY TOWN of BRUTUS WATER RULES & REGULATIONS AND MUST BE INSPECTED BY THE DESIGNATED TOWN WATER OPERATOR PRIOR TO SERVICE.

(7/9/14) The Village of Weedsport APPROVED INCREASED WATER RATES/SERVICE CHARGES FOR BOTH RESIDENTIAL & OUTSIDE USERS. (WATER RATE: $3.80 per 1000 gallons to $4.80 per 1000 gallons; SERVICE CHARGE: $20.00 TO $25.00 for residential units; $25.00 TO $30.00 for commercial units; $30.00 TO $35.00 for outside users.)